Before and After Photoshoot part 2

 A Before and After Makeup Photoshoot 

Now lets not kid ourselves the big difference in the before and after shot is not because of makeup alone, what really makes the difference is Shannon’s dazzling smile. That comes down to how we feel after we have made ourselves up. I feel like I can take on the world with a bit of makeup. Without it, I can’t even face the postman. Makeup is a wonderful tool to achieve confidence. It can’t create beauty, it can only enhance our existing beauty but that in itself is powerful as it can transform how we feel about ourselves which is why I think I have the best job in the world.

A Before and After Makeup Photoshoot-Makeu by Gemma Nichols

I have seen countless makeup transformations on instagram where the model is contoured to within an inch of her life and you can barely recognise her. I personally am not a fan of changing peoples appearance, I don’t want to mask my clients, I just want to highlight their best features. For this reason I kept Shannon’s makeup quite natural, with the exception of the lips of course, but we do need a little glamour when looking down the lens of a camera.

Makeup steps:

1. Skincare – You can’t have good makeup without well prepped skin so the first thing I did was gently exfoliate with Mac Softening Lotion and then used Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisture to hydrate Shannon’s skin so the makeup can sit nicely later on.

2. Primer – I used Hourglass Mineral Primer to even out the skin and create a smooth surface.

3. Foundation – Nars Sheer Glow. I have lots of types of foundation in my kit but this is my favourite as it has great coverage but doesn’t look thick or cake. I mixed shades Barcelona and Punjab.

4. Concealer – this is where I spent the most time as creating flawless skin is the most important part. I used my Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette to take out any colour coming through the foundation. I pat on the concealer with my fingers to help warm it into the skin. Under the eyes I used Mac Pro Long Wear concealer as it conceals dark circles and sits smoothly under the eyes and looks dewy.

5. Highlight – using a fibre brush from Mac I placed Nars White Sands liquid highlight on Shannon’s cheekbones to give her a subtle glow.

6. Blush – I used Stila Gerbera Cream Blush. It is my absolute favourite blush. It is subtle yet uplifting, it is creamy but not shimmery.

7. Powder – Shannon gets shiny so I set her T-zone with a little Mac Blotting Powder (medium dark). I didn’t want to over powder as I find it makes the skin look dull. I powdered the cheeks with Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Powder so that Shannon’s makeup would stay on for her party but would still have the glow created by the blush and highlight.

8. Contour – I applied Mac Contour Powder very softly. The intention is to lightly accentuate Shannon’s beautiful bone structure, not create strong contouring normally seen in photoshoots or on the Kardashians because we used natural lighting for the photoshoot and Shannon was going out afterwards.

9. Blush – I added Luster Nars powder blush on top of the existing cream blush because it creates a soft sun kissed sheen.

10. Eye Base – I used Paintily Mac Paint Pot to work as a concealer for the eyelids as well as an eye primer.

11. Shadows – I used the Viseart Matte Eye shadow palette to softly enhance Shannon’s socket. I used Mac brush 217. I also applied shimmery gold eye shadows to the eyelids. This was a combination of Mac shadow in Woodwinked and their loose pigment in Vanilla.

12. Liner – I thinly lined Shannon’s eyes with a black cake eyeliner. To do this on yourself I recommend the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner as it is very easy to use and does not come off. In the bottom rim I used Benefit Eye Bright to create a fresh finish.

13. Lashes – I applied Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara and Red Cherry 747S lashes (as they are very natural looking).

14. Brows – I lightly filled in the gaps in the brows with Hourglass Blonde Pencil. I kept it soft as I favour natural brows as opposed to the fake looking ones that are trending on instagram at the moment.

15. Lips – I mixed some of my favourite Nars red lipsticks to create this vibrant shade. I mixed Jungle Red with Heat Wave.

I also softly curled Shannon’s hair as I think that soft curls suit her more as straight hair can elongate the face.

All the products used can be found at:

Thank you for being my beautiful and vivacious model Shannon, I can’t wait to make you up as a bride next January!

So I hope you enjoyed this blog and plan to try this look at home on yourselves. If you aren’t confident in applying makeup you can book in with me to either get made up be me or have a makeup lesson with me at my Potts Point home studio.

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Gemma Nichols Makeup Artistry is a mobile makeup and hair styling service in Sydney that will pamper you & your group to perfection for all occasions. Gemma also specialises in commercial & corporate print & film.